Sunday, 17 August 2008
Dominica and her women
Dominica is a volcanic island situated at the centre of the Caribbean island chain. For many decades the island has been popularly called “The Nature Isle”, due to its exceptional natural heritage. More recently it is also becoming known as the “Isle of Longevity”.
In a population of 71 000 people the number of centenarians is phenomenally high - 33 certified with birth certificates and church records, 42 more with oral verification from neighbours and family. And more than 100 people in their middle-to-late nineties. The large majority are women.
What makes them live so long? The “staying power” of these women dates back to their history as survivors of some of the worst human rights abuses ever perpetrated. Africans reached the Caribbean as slaves...
Posted by Maureen at 18:03
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